Santino Ferrucci continues as Haas F1 development driver

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American Santino Ferrucci will continue as Haas F1 Team’s development driver for 2017, the 18-year-old from Woodbury, Ct. embedded as a part of the team parallel to his second GP3 Series season with DAMS.

Ferrucci made his F1 test debut last year at Silverstone, as the first American driver in an American chassis since Oct. 9, 1977 when Danny Ongais drove a Penske PC4 in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario. He’ll continue attending races and doing simulator work, with the possibility of another test to come later this year.

“I said it last year when I became a part of Haas F1 Team – my goal since I first started racing is to become a Formula One driver, and to be an American who is part of an American team is something I take a tremendous amount of pride in,” Ferrucci said. “I learned a lot last year in GP3 with DAMS and with Haas F1 Team. The combination of the two allowed me to learn more and at a faster rate. I feel so much more prepared this year. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Team principal Guenther Steiner added, “We’re very happy to have Santino back with us and look forward to his continuing development in GP3. We liked what we saw of him last year in our test at Silverstone and his maturity inside and outside of the car is impressive. Santino is a young, American driver with plenty of potential who is learning a lot with DAMS and us.”

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